dried california chile peppers, stemmed and seeded
dried pasilla chile peppers, stemmed and seeded
dried ancho chile peppers, stemmed and seeded
tomatoes, cored and quartered
white onion, quartered
achitoe paste (available at latin markets)
freshly ground black pepper
corn tortillas, warmed
pickled red onions, for topping (below)
lime wedges, for serving
PICKLED RED ONIONS:
red onion, thinly sliced
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Make Pickled Red Onions: Mix red onions, white vinegar, water, sugar, oregano, and salt in a large plastic bag; seal and shake, then refrigerate at lease 24 hours.
Put the short ribs in a large heavy pot. Season with 3 tablespoons salt and cover with water by about 1-inch. Bring to a boil over medium heat, skimming any foam from the surface. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the meat is tender, 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours. Transfer the short ribs to a cutting board with a slotted spoon and let cool slightly. then shred the meat from the bone. Skim the fat off the broth in the pot; reserve the broth.
Meanwhile, soak the dried chiles in warm water until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain and transfer to a blender; add the tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppercorns, achitoe paste and cumin and process until smooth, adding water if necessary.
Mix about 1 cup reserved broth into the chile puree, Then pour the puree thorugh a fine-mesh sieve into the pot of broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 30 minutes. Add the shredded meat and simmer 10 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Use tongs to divide the meat among the tortillas. Top with pickled onions; serve with remaining cooking liquid and lime wedges.
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